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Atmosphere Builds here in Germany ahead of the Big Game

25 November 2021

Big game night in Germany as Covid Restrictions tighten here in Cologne ahead of clash up the road between Celtic and Bayer Leverkusen. Many Celtic fans have made Cologne their base for a few days and the Irish bars are doing a roaring trade as the atmosphere builds up ahead of the crucial Europa League Clash.


Celtic Fans have travelled in large numbers to Germany but the furthest travelled award has to go to Joe Cook and his crew who have left the sunshine of Los Angeles for the cold of Germany.

The bars in Dublin airport were buzzing yesterday even if they did run out of gas for pints at the departure gate bar as a packed plane took off for Germany city. The bar cart was emptied very quickly and as the aircraft circled over Cologne Airport to land a chorus of Celtic songs echoed throughout the cabin. “Hail Hail the Celts Are Here”

German Covid Locator forms were checked before Passport control and we were soon on a train for the short journey into the city to sample a few beers, the local cuisine, talk Celtic and hear some tall tales of past trips.


Another day of the same shenanigans awaits as more Celtic Fans flood into nearby airports and train stations as we dream of a famous Celtic European Away Win against the table toppers. COYBIG

Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.  He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.